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Glory and Agony: Isaac's Sacrifice and National Narrative

Yael Feldman


This book is a history of the shifting attitudes toward national sacrifice in Hebrew culture over the last century. Its point of departure is Zionism's obsessive preoccupation with its haunting “primal scene” of sacrifice—the near-sacrifice of Isaac—as evidenced in wide-ranging sources from the domains of literature, art, psychology, philosophy, and politics. By placing these sources in conversation with twentieth-century thinking on human sacrifice, violence, and martyrdom, this study draws a complex picture that provides multiple, sometimes contradictory, insights into the genesis and gender ... More

Keywords: national sacrifice, Hebrew culture, Israel, human sacrifice, Isaac, Ishmael, Jesus, violence, martyrdom, Western secularism

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804759021
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yael Feldman, author

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